You may have heard of a treatment called dry needling and wondered what
exactly it is or if it’s something that may be right for you.
Dry Needling is the insertion of sterile single-use acupuncture needles directly into
myofascial (muscular) trigger points. Trigger points are composed of multiple
tight contraction knots within the muscle, which cause and contribute to pain
within the body. Research studies have shown that inserting such needles into
trigger points causes biochemical changes within the body, which help alleviate
Although Dry Needling uses the same needles as acupuncture, it is not the same
technique. Dry Needling is strictly based upon Western medicine principles of
treating myofascial trigger points, which are different from traditional acupuncture
The initial insertion of the needles does not usually cause any discomfort. The
local twitch response can cause a brief painful reaction; some patients describe
this as muscle cramping. It is important to remember that it is a desirable
It is common to feel some soreness post-treatment as with many manual therapy
techniques, however, once this has subsided, there should be an improvement in
the initial symptoms.